Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Halloween Reading Sale–Melinda’s Chillingly Fun Ghost Stories

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Just in time for Halloween, my two award-winning ghost story ebooks are on sale for the next three days at Amazon.com. Hurry and pick them both up for .99 each for the next 24 hours because the price will increase $1.00 each day until they reach the full price. It’s a special promotion on Kindle Countdown Deals. 

INDIE AUTHORS LIBRARY SERVICES SURVEY

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The Arizona Library Association has chosen my workshop, Don’t Be a Dream-Killer, Help Indie Authors Help You,  to be presented at the annual conference in Mesa, Arizona on October 26. I’ll be speaking to librarians from all over the state on the subject of better serving their Indie Author patrons. If you’re an Indie Author, this is your opportunity to have input on the subject. Please use the survey below and your experience with your library as a basis for your input. Please send your completed survey directly to Melinda.

Indie Authors Library Services Survey

Please use the survey questions below and your personal experience with your library as a basis for your suggestions of how libraries may better serve their Indie Author patrons.

  1. How do I get my book in the library catalog system? Will the library buy my book? Or should I donate it?
  2. Can the library help me promote my book with book talks, signings and other events at the library?
  3. Who in my library has been the most help to me in providing information and support for my Indie Author publishing and promotions? What could the library do better?
  4. How can I help the librarians “help” me—what do I need from librarians in terms of information and support that will save me and the library time and money?
  5. What do I believe I can do to better support my library/librarians?

Please list any other questions and concerns you may have that you wish Arizona librarians to address regarding serving their Indie Author patrons.

The Haunting of Josh Weston Wins Another Award

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

The Haunting of Josh Weston Wins PNWA Cover Contest

My young adult novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, has won several literary awards and now the cover has won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s (PNWA) Book Cover Contest at their annual conference in Seattle, WA last Saturday night, July 22, 2017. This picture shows me accepting the award and prize, a free PNWA 2018 conference, which I as the YA Category Sponsor of the PNWA Literary Contest donated to the first place winner in the YA Category. That was so much fun and the winner was so excited!

I love attending the PNWA conference and seeing old friends, meeting new YA writers. This year’s conference was attended by over 500 writers, editors, agents, and writing services vendors. There is always an excellent lineup of workshop tracks of craft, marketing, and genre writing. I presented a workshop in the YA track,  Crafting the YA Novel: The Four Cs of Characterization.

Presenting workshops is one of my favorite things. My next workshop is at the Arizona Library Association’s Annual Conference in Mesa in November entitled, Don’t Be A Dream-Killer: Help Indie Authors Help You.

More good news: The Haunting of Josh Weston received a 5 Star review from Melinda Hill for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. “Magical and moving, The Haunting of Josh Weston by Melinda Rucker Haynes is a powerful YA paranormal tale that offers lots of emotional insights and a message of hope to anyone who is suffering from insecurities and bad memories. The action is quick-paced as the tension between Josh and the bully builds, but the relationship between Josh and Pete provides a timeless feeling and a sense of love and support that Josh’s mother just can’t provide by herself. With a subtle romantic element, there is just the right balance between the paranormal and the every day to make the story quite believable and uplifting. Excellent story – kept me glued to the pages! The Haunting of Josh Weston is certainly well worth reading.”

A Literary Disneyland–Tucson Festival of Books

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This weekend I’m doing one of the things I enjoy most–meeting readers and writers promenading by the thousands at the University of Arizona’s annual Tucson Festival of Books event. This will be my third year to play at the Festival. The first year I signed at the Friends of Oro Valley Library’s booth with other Oro Valley writers. Last year as the YA category winner of the Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest, my book tour started at the Tucson Festival where I appeared in the State Library’s booth and signed books. It was a great launch for my Arizona novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, and I look forward to doing the Festival again this weekend. Hope to see you there!

Mmmmmelinda

Speculating On The Best of Times

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

I enjoy speculating that rather than a being fixed position along a continuum, Time might be a fluid subjective awareness. Besides being fun, that kind of conjecture may keep me open to the possibilities of NOW.

A concept of Time can be expressed in context, such as I keep reminding myself that now is the best time in the history of publishing for a writer with a story to tell and sell directly to the reader. As such a writer, I’ve been serving as a facilitator of a Promotional CoOp of writers that is a subsection of the Oro Valley Writers Workshop in Tucson. We combine the best of past publishing experience of our members with emerging publishing alternatives and promotional opportunities in cooperative marketing operations.

The idea of a promotional cooperative occurred to me as I attended the OV Writers Workshop meetings.  I and one other author are usually the only ones with experience in traditional publishing. Most of the attending writers want to publish and are eager to learn how they can get their work to the readers, only to find that publishing the book may be the easiest part. Actually attracting readers or finding an audience can be daunting if almost a mysterious dark art. I’ve long heard, “I hate promoting. I just want to write” from multi-published authors throughout my career.

After our Promotional CoOp’s last meeting, I expressed the following to the CoOp members: As authors seeking publication today, either traditional or Indie, we’re all in business. More than any other time in the history of publishing, we authors have vast choices in how we can reach our readers. It’s my intention at Promo CoOp to demonstrate some of those options which I’ve experienced as a traditionally published, small press and now a self-published author of my backlist. As an Indie publisher, I continue to study the evolving market, the many publishing opportunities and new promotional venues going live every day. It’s a very exciting time for all of us as we each choose how we will participate in this new market. To that end, let us, as Captain Picard of the starship Enterprise (my husband Bob is often mistakenly for Sir Patrick Stewart who plays Captain Picard) says, “Make it so!”

Consequently, concerning the concept of Time in the context of Indie publishing today, let’s go with, “It was the best of times . . . .”

Mmmmmm NEWS

haunting-josh-westonHeading north to Prescott, AZ where it’s been snowing big time. Going to play with the librarians at the Arizona State Library YA Summit. I’ve just entered the PNWA 2017 Nancy Pearl Literary Award contest for published books. Hope my award-winning YA, The Haunting of Josh Weston, does well. I’m also the Sponsor of the YA Category of the PNWA 2017 Literary Contest.

 

 

Mmmmmelinda Talks CONTEST SMARTS

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Contest SmartsAfter my CONTEST SMARTS workshop this summer at Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, attendees kept asking me for more tips and strategies for entering writing contests. I came home to Tucson and embarked on twin projects of building a website and creating a how-to book of CONTEST SMARTS: Writing Contest Winning Strategies. The book will be available October 1, 2016 on Amazon.

The website is now live. Check it out for featured writing/literary contests, winning strategies, winners’ interviews, and the infamous Undiscerning Arbiter Award given to the worst/funniest judge’s comments. The next interview is with Darcy Carson, Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest Chairperson 2006 – 2014, who will discuss all things PNWA contest and her own successes entering writing contests.

 

Melinda Rucker Haynes is the sponsor of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2017 Literary Contest Young Adult Category.

 

 

Mmmmm’s Western Historical Novel, REMITTANCE, Finalist in PNWA 2016 Literary Contest

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, PNWA, has sponsored an annual literary contest for over sixty years. There are twelve fiction and nonfiction categories for unpublished work and a separate category for published books. The last few years contest entries have numbered over a 1000. Last summer my experimental Boomer Lit paranormal romance, BITTEN, about a menopausal vampire was a finalist in the romance category.

In the 2016 PNWA Literary Contest I entered a western historical romance novel, REMITTANCE, Book I, a sweeping saga of a Bostonian blue stocking businesswoman running from her past after a Spanish remittance man who flees with her nephew down the dangerous Santa Fe Trail to his noble family’s land grant in New Mexico. I previously entered the first three chapters in Romance Writers of America’s Hearts Through History chapter’s literary contest and the story came second in Best Short Historical. I can’t wait to see how REMITTANCE does at the PNWA Awards banquet on Saturday night, July 30 in Seattle.

Contest SmartsBefore the Awards banquet on Saturday, I’ll be giving a ninety minute workshop, CONTEST SMARTS: Make Writing Contests Work for You, at 5:00-6:30. I’ve been called a contest guru because I’ve won sixteen writing contest awards. (There are editing and website content awards in the list, too.) I have over twenty years experience entering writing contests, developing contests, and judging entries and have learned much that I hope will inspire and help writers make writing contests work for their particular career goals and maybe win some, too!

COMING SOON

CONTEST SMARTS Kindle eBook

September 2016

 

ONEBOOKAZ Book Tour Ends, The Haunting of Josh Weston Now A Kindle Edition

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Winning the ONEBOOKAZ 2016 Young Adult eBook award in March 2016 kicked off a marvelous adventure of touring Arizona’s libraries with my young adult novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston.haunting-josh-weston My roadie, Bob, and I started with the Tucson Festival of Books. Seven libraries and hundreds of miles later our tour ended in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. The librarians and their patrons were so much fun, booklovers every one!

ONEBOOKAZ is at an end and my book is the last YA novel winner. There aren’t going to be anymore ONEBOOKAZ contests and awards. It was suggested that I make available paperbacks of my book for tour signings and for book clubs and libraries to order. The ebook edition was available on the ONEBOOKAZ site for Arizonans to read for free during the tour. Now that ONEBOOKAZ is ended and the free online reading no longer available, Sonrisa Multimedia has published an electronic Kindle edition on Amazon.com of The Haunting of Josh Weston

This little Arizona ghost story has been very good to me, and the book’s fans aren’t just limited to my family and friends and other Arizonans. It was nominated for three national awards, prior to winning the ONEBOOKAZ contest. Now with the paperback and Kindle ebook editions available, I’m hearing from teens and from the growing audience of adult readers who enjoy stories about weird families living and learning together, despite the stimulating meddling of a crazy ghost or two.

Mmmmm’s ONEBOOKAZ Book Tour–Hello, YUMA!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

I’ve always treasured librarians. My mother-in-law is a retired librarian, who trained her son in the dark art of cataloguing and organizing data. That’s what brought us together. I needed help organizing data for an adult education research project I was directing at UNLV and Bob stepped into my office with exactly the skillset the project (and I) required. Then and now. He’s ever my beloved patron and currently serving as a roady for my book tour of Arizona libraries.

Arizona State Library's ONEBOOKAZ Winner Table, Tempe Book Festival 4-16-16

Arizona State Library’s ONEBOOKAZ Winner Table, Tempe Book Festival 4-16-16

Last Saturday Bob the Roady and I toured to the Tempe Library for their Book Festival. What a wonderful venue for booklovers and authors to meet each other in a beautiful setting. The Arizona State Library hosted me and my OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest winning book, The Haunting of Josh Weston, at a great table downstairs outside the Teen Room. I also served on a Teen Reviewer panel and got updated on their favorite reads, as well as what they saw as the new hotness in YA books. Dystopian fantasy is still of interest, but super heroes are the next big thing for some. I say how about a cool ghost story set on a hidden ranch in northwestern Arizona?

We’re at the Yuma Library on Saturday, April 23, at 2:00. I’ll be giving a workshop on the Power of Place in Your Story, as well as signing books. See you there, I hope!

Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 Young Adult eBook WINNER!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

haunting-josh-westonThe Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest named my young adult novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, the winner! The eBook is live today at OneBookAZ and it looks great on the website! There’s also a free downloadable Curriculum/Study Guide for use in the classroom. The ebook is available on the OneBookAZ site and maybe read for free by Arizona readers. The paperback is available at Amazon.com and coming soon to Kindle.

Please click on the BOOKs link above for more information.

I found my bio on the OneBookAZ page a complete surprise! Race right on up there and have a look. And a laugh. Don’t really know where that version came from. Sounds like me, but it sure isn’t the one I sent them for publication and tweaked and resubmitted. I’m thinking of asking them to take it down and put up the one I sent, because it’s very  different in tone and content from the other two ladies’ very professional bios. We three winners are all retired teachers and we are the last winners, as this is the last year of the OneBookAZ literary contest.